S-AR creates deconstructed house for glamping in the Mexican forest

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Mexican architecture studio S-AR has completed a glamping retreat in Nuevo León, Mexico. The project consists of a series of buildings situated around a central platform, nestled within a forest on the outskirts of Monterrey. The spread measures 2,270 square feet and was designed for the Glamping Concéntrico and The Outlands in 2022.

The main goal of the project was to establish connections between people and nature, structures within the landscape, and buildings and the forest itself. The structures were designed using chromatic palettes of grey, black, white, yellow, and red, allowing them to blend seamlessly with the natural environment.

The heart of the campsite is a rectangular platform that features a sunken circular seating area surrounding a campfire, as well as an open-air dining area. The gathering space is constructed with concrete and stone walls, filled with tree bark. Warm accents are added through the use of raw wood tables and benches.

Adjacent to the gathering space, a multi-use room is situated on a platform built from a pre-existing terrace. The room, constructed with a combination of steel and wood, runs the length of the central platform. It features a thin corrugated metal roof that wraps around three sides of the building, with floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls that open up to the gathering space.

The campsite also includes sleeping cabins, designed to ensure privacy for guests. One cabin is a gabled form raised on a concrete platform, wrapped in silver corrugated metal with black accents and a wood floor. The other cabin is a small concrete box clad in blackened wood, featuring a large square window and a roof terrace.

The final structure on the site is a concrete cube housing the common bathrooms. The poured-in-place structure plays with geometry, featuring a narrow arched doorway and skylight slits along the walls to allow natural light to filter in.

S-AR’s design of the glamping retreat showcases the studio’s affinity for exaggerated geometry and the combination of wood and concrete. The project demonstrates a harmonious integration with the surrounding forest, creating an immersive experience for guests.

The project was led by architects César Guerrero and Ana Cecilia Garza, with collaboration from Carlos Morales, María Sevilla, Kimberley Loya, and Narda Rigal. The builder and general contractor was Daniel Hernández, and the interior and landscape design were done by S-AR and Juan Pablo Lojero. The photography was captured by The Raws.

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